March 9, 2013

A running nightmare and shoes so bright they scare some

Do you ever have running nightmares? Would you count the restless mind miles in your training plan? I worked hard in my nightmare 5K last night, and I'm kind of feeling like those miles should count, double.

It started out as a fun 5K that I was running with people from the Alabama Outdoors team. Then I realized that I forgot running shoes and instead was wearing boots that were a size too small. On top of the shoe situation, no one could find my bib. When we finally scrounged a bib up, I felt my pocket for my phone, and it was gone. No tunes, no headphones. Fine, I could handle that, but then at the race start, I discovered that we were running in unfamiliar territory. No race officials were directing traffic, and no one marked the race course. So I just follow people, right? Wrong. Everyone was gone already, except for one girl who was trash talking me the whole run. Last, we had to run through some maze-like fun house where monsters were trying to attack us. Escape was prerequisite to finishing the race. After a narrow escape from partially decayed monster teeth, I decided to find the race director and complain and get a map of the rest of the 5K route. Of course, I still wanted to finish the race. Turns out the race director wasn't sure what the route was either. What the heck! 

Somehow I fit in every runner nightmare into one dream. Except realizing you're running naked in front of all your school mates (from every year of school) and your boss. 

What's the opposite of a running nightmare? These. Between these and the Newtons, I'm going for the most visible runner from outer space. 


I had a gift certificate for Road Runner Sports, and the New Balance Women's W890v2 were on sale. So it had to happen. This exact pair, different color, has been in my rotation for a year, and they still look great, with not a ton of wear on the outside edge like I get with almost every other shoe I own. Kind of interesting how different shoes wear in different spots for the same runner. 

As I type this post, I'm procrastinating a run because my legs are sore from the beating this guy gave us during training this week.

Mike the trainer

My gym buddy invited me to join in on her training sessions, and I've learned that even torture is more fun with friends. I'm only blurry in this picture below because I'm so fast, not at all because we were trying to take cell phone pictures in crappy lighting. 

Faster than light or crappy cameras

We were either pulling this around the gym or tossing it for the other person to catch, or something easy like that. 

Bench tossing 101

During an impromptu pull-up competition we had at the end of yesterday's session, Mike the Trainer did some one handed pull-ups just to prove the rest of us are wimps for life. He could do more with one arm than I can do with two. Frown smile.

And the winner of the Cheribundi case giveaway is Jolene from Journey of a Canuck Mom on the Run. Congrats! Thanks to everyone else who entered and thanks to Cheribundi for providing the delicious tart cherry drink. 


For you Alabamians (or people who love to visit here), I'm posting an Alabama trail race giveaway next week, so keep an eye out for that. 

Do you go for neutral-colored running shoes or ones that are so bright they could blind a person? Anything brighter than the sun is my current preference. 

Do you have any shoes that wear differently on the bottom than most of your other shoes?

How many pull-ups can you do? Two, if I count the initial one where I jumped up from the bench to get my chin over the bar. 

21 comments:

  1. I have some crazy bright colored shoes in rotation now, love it! Yes, I notice different wear on different types of shoes, strange. I don't think I could even do 1 pull-up, I can't believe someone can even do a one armed pull up, wow!

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  2. I'm all about the bright shoes. The brighter the better! I can do 2 pullups as well. My goal is to get to 5. I'm sure that will happen in a few years.

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  3. I love bright shoes, they just make me smile:) That is so weird about your dream. I had a running dream last night too! I was running a 5k and hoping to PR and I got lost and ended up running off course, ugh! It was horrible!

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  4. What a nightmare - obviously you have a lot of running on your mind!!! I love bright running shoes , but definitely choose mine based on what works for me - Asics and Mizunos at the moment. Your new shoes look great! I don't think I could do more than one pull up and would find that class super tough.

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  5. That running nightmare is horrible!!! I don't think I've ever had a running nightmare believe it or not.
    I can't even do one pull up. That's why I wanted to join crossfit so they could for me right up:)

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  6. I love those shoes. I have never had a really bright pair to run in. Love it!

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  7. Oh my gosh, that nightmare!! I bet you were more exhausted from that nightmare than from your training sesh ;) I wear bright shoes because I want to make sure I'm visible no matter what! And I can do zero pull ups. Weak sauce here! Granted, I haven't tried since high school, but I'm guessing the outcome will still be the same.

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  8. Oh I loooove bright shoes! Good find!

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  9. I'm pretty sure I can do 0 unassisted pullups so you win! I always have crazy dreams but it's been awhile since I've dreamed entirely about running. Sometimes I swear I wake up more exhausted after running in my dreams than when I run a half marathon. It's crazy! Love the new shoes-I still need to wear my pink and yellow 890's for a race!

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  10. I can not do any pull-ups- my butt is way too heavy for that. The brighter the shoes the better. Sometimes I wake up doing a running motion-we runners have serious issues. And I always dream about being late to whatever race I am running the next day. Never fails.

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  11. That running nightmare sounds horrible, please don't ever let that happen. My number of pullups would be 1, counting the jump up to get there...such an arm wimp here!!

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  12. I love BRIGHT shoes! My favorite ones are a bright orange. I can do not even one pull up unassisted, but I'm thinking any workout with Trainer Mike would be awesome! Very....motivating!
    PS. I hate nightmares.

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  13. Cannot do a SINGLE pull up. Not even one. Have never done on in my life.

    I do however now own three bright pairs of running shoes. I love them all so much!!! I'm also enjoying wearing clashing neon socks with them. So classy.

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  14. I love bright shoes!

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  15. Oh my goodness, quite a vivid dream. I suppose it means something profound about your running and rising up against all odds and qualifying for the Olympics. Right? I have been dreami g like crazy lately, but not about running. I really want neon shoes but they never seem to be the ones I need.

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  16. I love brights shoes - your new ones look awesome (although I've never run in New Balance).
    The only times I've ever been able to do pull-ups are after completing P90X and P90X2 - maybe I should work on them more often!!

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  17. Ohmygosh, your dream is hilarious! Thank goodness it was only a dream, huh?! Love the new shoes. At first I wasn't a big fan of all the new colors, but they've been growing on me!

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  18. Ok I am seriously jealous of those shoes, SO pretty!! I LOVE brightly coloured shoes - the brighter, the better in my books :) I say it's because I want cars to see me when I'm running, but I know that's a lie... I'm secretly a kid and what to resemble a highlighter when I run :)

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  19. I'm obviously going to say bright shoes...but actually my shoes are sort of a subdued color because I usually have a bright element somewhere else in my outfit and I like to try to balance it out. That being said, there is a pair of Asics Nimbus shoes that I want to get, they look like a dayglow circus!

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  20. I knew I could count on your vote in favor of neon!

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  21. i love bright colored shoes!! that's my complaint about brooks-they are kinda boring unless you can wear their minimalist shoe. also, pullups. that is hilarious. :)

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